A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
1 Ruthless Crime Lord, 20 Elite Cops, 30 Floors of Hell
Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building's lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.
An elite squad of cops raid a ruthless-as-fuck drug lord's dungeon of death. A hyper-intense workout. Kissing your wife goodbye and hoping like fuck you will see her again. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Catching a lucky break for a split-second. Hammer to the fuckin head. A bad lieutenant. A noble-as-fuck sergeant. A badass rookie with a secret agenda. Your last TV show. Shit-stained pants. The alarm of doom. The one honest guy in a building full of crazed fuckers. Hallway insanity. Mad fuckin Dog, the biggest fuckin Academy Award snub ever. Throwing a fucker out the window. A crazy-eyed fuck with a machete. Total darkness, then bullets every fuckin where. Guns take away the rush. Mad Dog vs.Sarge is like…
If Crocodile Dundee wielded action movies instead of knives, this is the movie he would hold up whenever some punk claimed to be wielding an action movie.
"That's not an action movie. THIS...is an action movie."
My face hurts from smiling for the last 100 minutes.
Its stupefying, pulpy excess is best summed up by the fact that the credits include the role "Drug Lab Guard #21."
One of the most incredible, exhilarating & heart-pounding action films to come out in a long time, The Raid (also known as The Raid: Redemption) is possibly the purest form of action extravaganza that has graced the film canvas in years which, apart from bringing a smile on every action film lover with its maddening depiction of blood, violence & insane fight sequences, also marks a significant breakthrough for the so-far-invisible Indonesian film industry to come into the attention of world cinema audience.
Although by no means it is a perfect film, but when it comes to pure adrenaline rush, thrilling factor & entertainment value, action films don't get anymore exciting, inventive or satisfying than this high-octane, full-throttled & top-gear action spectacle. The plot…
After months of reading glowing reviews, and two failed attempts to see it at the cinema, I finally got to watch it on the big screen and boy was it worth the wait. I was worried I had unrealistic expectations but the film more than met them. The movie is part Game of Death and part final level of computer game Streets of Rage 2 but with added guns, machetes and broken limbs.
Merantau Warrior proved that both director Gareth Evans and martial arts star, Iko Uwais, had great potential and we only had to wait one more film for that potential to be realised. The Raid is a proper balls-to-the-wall action film jam packed with bone crunching and innovative…
Similar premise to Dredd but this was way more intense. Some great ideas and shots for a pretty mindless action/martial arts film. The sequel is supposed to be even better.
Non-stop action thriller with a great and interesting plot.
High kicks will get you screen time.
breathtaking choreography. no frills, just a shot of adrenaline straight to the jugular. brutal and undeniably rad.
Action done right. Long takes with wide shots. No character is invincible and is some times out classed by opponents. Constantly shocking moves and just the right amount of story to keep things moving.
La tenía pendiente y me ha gustado. Acción intensa, con momentos de violencia durita y muy buen ritmo. Me da la sensación de que Dredd (2012) bebió un poco de ella.
The Raid is pretty simple, yet it's also pretty fucking awesome. It's non-stop action; I really mean it. The time outs are sparse and really short. About that action... It's fucking crazy. Those fights are choreographed so incredibly. The hallway sequence, if I may call it so, is so fucking fantastic; I was excited and on the edge of my seat. The main problem of The Raid is its story: there's not really one; it's more action than anything. However, it doesn't ruin the movie at all. So, if you like jam-packed crazy fucking fights, The Raid is definitely for you!
Edgar Wright's 1000 Favorite Movies via MUBI.